How to not poison yourself while brushing your teeth and help our earth too.
As I have learned more about plant based medicine, I have become aware of the chemicals in our food, cleaning products and personal hygiene products. I think one of the latest and last things that I have been reevaluating has been my toothpaste and toothbrush. The investigation was pretty short and consisted of reading the back of my toothpaste tube and a little research. Some of the common toxic ingredients found very commonly in the brands we all know and love are:
Triclosan – an antibacterial, has been shown to change hormone regulation and be harmful to the immune system
Propylene glycol – a component of anti freeze
There are other ingredients in tooth paste that are questionable but perhaps not classified as toxic but might be substance that you simply don’t need – why take a chance on chemical in your mouth? One of the most vascular areas of your body and creates a direct shot for what you put in your mouth into your bloodstream.
The good news is that you don’t have to put these types of chemicals into your body. In doing more investigation I have found many other brands of toothpaste that might not be brands we know but have fewer ingredients that you may not need or want in your body. My toothpaste of choice does not contain chemicals and it supports my immune system. I truly notice a difference between a conventional toothpaste is DoTerra”s On Guard toothpaste (check out the link for more product information).
While looking at this hygiene ritual, consider using a bamboo toothbrush which leaves a totally different footprint on our landfill- they are biodegradable and don’t have a longterm footprint. A disturbing 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic end up in our landfill and oceans annually. Approximately 91% of plastic isn’t recycled. Switching to bamboo is an easy way to alleviate the 50 million pounds of toothbrush waste that goes into landfills annually. If you are interested in these tooth brushes check out the link to pick some up: